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STS-130: Spectacular Liftoff
Allard Beutel/STS-130 Launch Commentator: T minus 16 seconds, the sound suppression water system has been activated. We're at T minus 10... nine... eight... seven... six... five... we have full main engine start... two... one... zero... booster ignition.... and liftoff of shuttle Endeavour with NASA's final space station crew compartment to bring the bay window view to our celestial backyard.
George Zamka/STS-130 Commander: Houston, Endeavour, roll program.
Rick Sturckow/Capcom: Roger roll, Endeavour.
Kylie Clem/Ascent Commentator: This is mission control Houston, Endeavour's roll maneuver is complete. It's now in a heads-down position on track for its flight to the International Space Station. Twenty-eight seconds into the flight, Endeavour flying at 1,100 mph, 1.3 miles in altitude and seven miles downrange from the Kennedy Space Center, according to onboard computers. Endeavour's engines are throttling down as the orbiter passes through the area of maximum pressure on the vehicle.
Rick Sturckow/Capcom: Endeavour, go at throttle up.
George Zamka/STS-130 Commander: Endeavour copies. Go at throttle up.
Kylie Clem/Ascent Commentator: The three main engines on board are throttling back up, now one minute, 10 seconds into the flight. Endeavour flying at 1,800 mph, 10 miles in altitude, 11 1/2 miles downrange. At liftoff, the fully fueled shuttle, boosters and external tank weighed 4 1/2 million pounds and the total thrust at launch was 6,425,000 pounds. All systems continue to function well. Three good main engines, three good power-generating fuel cells and three good auxiliary power units for the hydraulic system. The next step will be the burnout and separation of the solid rocket boosters. Combined, the twin boosters provide 5.3 million pounds of thrust to propel the orbiter toward space.
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